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Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind Hardcover – Ultraviolet, November 13, 2012
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With a seductively Seuss-ean cadence, Ross’s verse adventure delightfully dares young and old to seize the day.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Ross’s screenwriter background serves his debut well—this novella-in-verse boasts engaging characters, a sturdy plot, and the never-fail enchantment of flying. . . . It’s not hard to imagine this on a big screen.
Myers’ bold, vibrantly hued oil illustrations add a dynamic touch, alternating between full spreads and spot illustrations that highlight key details from the text.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
This book uses poetic text and beautiful illustrations to follow the adventures of a young boy as he uses his bed sheet to fly...With the emphasis that Common Core Standards place on reading closely, this book provides a good opportunity to dig deeper...The book will be enjoyed on many levels.
—Library Media Connection
The abrupt scene changes, plot, and wonderful characters suggest a movie script. This story would make a great one!
—School Library Journal
With the rhythm of a tight-knit poem and a sweeping sense of adventure, this is a tale of a boy curious and brave enough to fly (literally) like a kite over his sleepy little town, and beyond. It features intricate illustrations by Matthew Myers. Sure to become a classic.
Wonderful textured oil paintings by Matthew Myers give a feeling of old-fashioned drama to this rhyming story told in the modern vernacular.
—Wall Street Journal
BARTHOLOMEW BIDDLE AND THE VERY BIG WIND is a fun and exciting read, perfect for reading aloud.
About the Author
Gary Ross is a critically acclaimed screenwriter, director, and producer who has been nominated for four Academy Awards. His films include Big, Dave, Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, and The Tale of Despereaux. Most recently, he directed The Hunger Games, the first movie based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling dystopian trilogy. He has also served as president of the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Public Library, as well as on the boards of many other organizations. Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind is his first children’s book. Gary Ross lives in Los Angeles with his family.
Matthew Myers is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Tyrannosaurus Dad by Liz Rosenberg and Clink by Kelly DiPucchio. Matthew Myers lives in Brooklyn.
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When my first son was born in 2003, I printed out the only 2 or so pages I could find that had been written and I would read it to my boys over the years...always checking the internet for more...always wondering....patiently waiting...
and then! one day! to my surprise! I saw a pre-order sale on Amazon!
The rest is history....I'm in love...I'm grateful...I'm relieved...I tear up when I think about all we went through to be together...Thank you Mr. Gary Ross <3
btw, this story is much longer than I ever hoped for...this is not a book to read in one sitting before bedtime which is perfect! the boys can't wait to find out what happens next =)
Bartholomew Biddle finds new worlds to explore by simply grabbing a bed sheet and riding the winds. He meets and befriends pirates in one world, gets caught in a valley that seems to trap all explorers, as it's there he meets Amelia Earhart, and most importantly passes on his knowledge of flight to a boy trapped in a world that seems lifted from "A Wrinkle in Time."
The story is written in verse and fortunately never gets bogged down in it. The illustrations are beautiful and equal to the story itself.
It is a book that parents should read to children right before they go to sleep at night, because it will undoubtably cue up the most amazing dreams.